6 DAYS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ISTANBUL ITINERARY

Day 01 - Istanbul - Arrival Day Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates. Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk Airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.

Day 02 - Istanbul City Tour Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the SPICE BAZAAR (Egyptian Bazaar) The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spiceThe rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03 - Shopping Tour Christmas Eve and it''s a chance for some last minute Christmas gifts, or even to treat yourself. We will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. We will then visit the GRAND COVER BAZAAR. In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths'' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copper ware, brass ware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. Enjoy a big xmas feast of rich Turkish cuisine and party the night away with your new friends.

Day 04 - Christmas Day & Turkish Bath Merry Christmas! We start our morning with a Hamam, that''s the word for the Turkish bath and is surely an unforgettable part of your holiday and the best way to start Christmas day. Receive a pummeling from head to toe, let the expert scrub of all those dead cells, relax and drift away. Late afternoon we start our Christmas celebrations, and yes Santa will visit you at the Hotel, the festive atmosphere is in the air. You will definitely have a Christmas night to remember. Enjoy a big Christmas feast of rich Turkish cuisine and party the night away with your new friends with Turkish live music.

Day 05 - Bosphorus Cruise We have a leisurely start this morning with departure of 13:00. Bosphorus Cruise: a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.

Day 06 - End of your Tour After breakfast check out from your hotel, transfer to the airport. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another TravelShop Turkey Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing TravelShop Turkey.

6 DAYS CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ISTANBUL ITINERARY Photos

Tour Includes

Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport5 nights at hotel in Istanbul5 open buffer breakfast Turkish Bath in IstanbulIstanbul City TourShopping TourBosphorus CruiseChristmas Party with Turkish cuisine Turkish showAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coachProfessional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tourReturn Airport transfer

Tour Not Includes

International flightsPersonal expenses: Lunches, extras at hotel or additional mealsTipping: Tips for guides and driversInsurance: All types.

Tour Highlights

Topkapi Palace - St.Sophia - Blue Mosque - Hippodrome - Grand Bazaar - Bosphorus Cruise

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